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PANASONIC UPGRADES PT-L759 PORTABLE XGA PROJECTORS WITH HIGHER BRIGHTNESS, MORE SYSTEM INTEGRATION CAPABILITIES

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 13, 2001) -- Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company (Los Angeles, CA) has introduced the PT-L759XU and PT-L759VU portable XGA LCD projectors, the newest additions to the company's popular line of ultra-bright lightweight projectors, here at INFOCOMM.

By combining a Micro Lens Array (MLA) with a 2,000-hour long-life 220-watt UHM lamp for optimum performance, the PT-L759XU and PT-L759VU deliver an ultra-high brightness of 3,100 lumens and 2,400 lumens respectively for crisp, clear images in all room-lighting conditions. The projectors display a native resolution of 1024 X 768 XGA, with a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 UXGA, allowing them to project detailed text and graphics from the most popular notebook computers. These units feature a high contrast ratio of more than 450:1, and a remarkably high center-to-corner uniformity ratio of 95%.

When expanding or compressing images other than XGA, the projectors' Intelligent Image Resizing assures smooth outlines and outstanding picture definition for VGA/SVGA/SXGA/UXGA/Mac display as well as all types of video images. The PT-L759XU/VU accommodates all major digital TV formats, supporting component video signals (1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i, 625i). The PT-L759XU is equipped with a Digital Video Interface (DVI), which lets users connect their PCs for full digital image processing, including inputting signals from digital television and DVD sources.

Weighing 13.9 pounds, the PT-L759XU/VU features one-touch auto set-up to tune and adjust the image for optimal viewing. Digital Keystone Correction capability allows users to easily correct for keystone distortion. These high-impact projectors come standard with an all-in-one wireless remote control with built-in mouse control and laser pointer, allowing the presenter full control during the presentation. When the projector is connected to a PC with an USB cable, the arrow keys on the remote function the same as the arrow keys of the PC keyboard.

A digital variable compression function allows the use to reduce the size of projected images easily from x1.0 to x0.6 for simple adjustment of long-throw projection without the need for an additional tele-conversion lens--an extremely useful feature for long-distance projection in churches, halls or other large venues.

Designed for international use, the PT-L759XU/VU is compatible with PC and Macintosh computers, and accepts NTSC, M-NTSC, SECAM, PAL, PAL-M and PAL-N video signals. The projectors are capable of front, rear, desktop or ceiling mount projection on screens ranging in size from 20"- 300", and can also display NTSC images in the 16:9 aspect ratio. The projectors accept input of YPbPr component signals and are equipped with conventional RCA composite connectors to display images from sources ranging from digital video camcorders to S-VHS/VHS VCRs.

Additional valuable features include a digital zoom, two sets of user-selectable RGB inputs/outputs, 4-pin USB input, S-video compatibility, selectable 6-language on-screen menu, security lock system, status code indicator, warning indication for lamp replacement, Universal AC power supply, RS-232C computer interface, mute/freeze for video and RGB, and a detachable carrying handle.

Panasonic offers a high level of service and support with a three-year limited warranty on the projector, a 90-day warranty on the user-replaceable lamp module and a 24-hour projector exchange program.

The PT-L759XU, which is gold in color, is available August at a suggested list price of $9,995. The PT-L759VU, which is silver in color, is available in the Fall at a suggested list price of $7,495.

For more information on Panasonic's full line-up of projectors and presentation systems, phone 1-800-528-8601 or find us on the web at www.panasonic.com/projectors.